In a recent update on the trial for ex-New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez, Judge Susan Garsh may recuse herself from the case as per request of the prosecution at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, there is a strained history between the prosecutor and Judge Garsh that stems back to a 2010 murder case that saw antagonism between herself and Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley. Although McCauley won that trial in 2010, he publicly accused Garsh of unfairly limiting or excluding evidence, and of showing hostility. The case in question involved a man shooting a 15-year-old boy to death on New Year’s Eve in 2008.
Regardless of who presides over Hernandez’s trial(s), the likelihood of him being found guilty is still extremely high. He has countless incriminating evidence against him for the first degree murder charge from the death of Odin Lyod, a former associate of Hernandez. Perhaps more incriminating than the destroyed evidence, cleaned house, and assault weapons and ammo found in his basement, is the video surveillance tapes from surrounding business that show his car with himself, Loyd, and two other men driving to the murder scene, and driving directly back to Hernandez’s house a short time later. The prosecution has his movements tracked via video and cell phone tracking, and even found bullet casings in his car. No matter who presides over this case, he/she will certainly have their hands full.